September Spa Specials

We’re heading into marathon season and we’ve got recovery on the brain! Bounce back from your workout and prevent injury with a 60-minute sports massage for $89 in September!

South Loop's Member of the Month Phyllis Yeager

Member of the Month

South Loop's Member of the Month Phyllis Yeager

Congratulations to Klider Hakim, FFC Halsted & Belmont’s September Member of the Month! We asked Klider about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?  

Being healthy physically and mentally.

When at FFC, you will find me…

Doing booty workouts, of course!

I work out to….

Pay for my sins from a night of drinking.

Welcome New Staff!

We’d like to extend a huge, warm welcome to our new staff! Make sure you say hello the next time you see them around the club!

  • Scott Werth – Personal Trainer
  • Brian Healy – Fitness Specialist
  • Mike Paszkiet- Operations Manager
  • Jeremy Ong- Duty Manager
  • Dominique Ross – Childcare Attendant
  • Michelle Creed – Group Exercise Instructor
  • Annie Pickard – Group Exercise Instructor
  • Katie Simmons – Group Exercise Instructor
  • Jason Gall – Group Exercise Instructor
  • Emily Branshaw – Group Exercise Instructor

You’re Invited: FFC Halsted & Belmont Open House – 7/21 – 7/23

You’re invited!

We are hosting an open house event from July 21 –  23, and inviting you to work out for free with a friend! 

Events include light bits from BITES Asian Tapas on July 21, and fitness events all through the weekend, including:


  • Rowing Challenge
  • Chair Massages


  • Beat the Trainer
  • Nutrition Consultations
  • Burpees on the Turf 


  • Pushup Challenge
  • Beat the Trainer 
  • Free Bootcamp

For more information and to RSVP your friend, please email Rayme at

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Conor Mullins, FFC Halsted & Belmont’s March Member of the Month! We asked Conor about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:

Membership at FFC…

Has been a great way to meet new people for me since I moved here from Ireland!

When at FFC you will find me…

Depends on the day, but usually downstairs.

I work out to…

Everything & Anything 😛

Deadlifts n’ Donuts – 3/12; 12 – 1 PM

Join us on the fitness floor on March 12 from 12 – 1 PM for Deadlifts n’ Donuts – our first installment of our FREE monthly Food n’ Form workshop with Master Trainer and competitive powerlifter Katie Kollath.

In this workshop, learn deadlift form, technique, and variations. Donuts will be provided. All levels welcome! No experience needed and beginners are encouraged to attend. For more information, email Heather Hamilton at

Group Exercise Studio Renovation Update

Attention members: please be aware that we will be performing extended renovations to our group exercise studios over the next few weeks. All members are invited to take their favorite class formats normally held in these studios at any FFC location during the construction. Thank you for your patience as we work to improve your club experience!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Clodagh Lawless, FFC Halsted & Belmont’s January Member of the Month! We asked Clodagh about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

Membership at FFC is…

Fun and real. Lots of energy and lots of friendly staff, especially Cole!!!!

When at FFC you will find me…

On the bike or huffing and puffing on the dreaded treadmill.

I work out to…

Insomnia by Faithless

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Alyssa Brauweiler, FFC Halsted & Belmont’s December Member of the Month! We asked Alyssa about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

Membership at FFC means…

Membership at FFC is 6 years of work paying off.

When at FFC you will find me…

When at FFC you will find me working out with my trainer Alex (shout out!) or doing cardio.

I work out to…

I work out to FFDP!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Corey Koskinen, FFC Halsted & Belmont’s November Member of the Month! We asked Corey about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share: 

Membership at FFC…

Makes it easy and enjoyable to get a good workout in!

When at FFC you will find me…

Lifting, running, or getting a smoothie.

I work out to…

My playlists are mostly rap, hip-hop and the occasional pop track!

FFC employee spotlight

Employee Spotlight: Zach Feldmeir

FFC employee spotlight

Congratulations to Zach Feldmeir, our Duty Manager who is FFC Halsted & Belmont’s Employee of the Month!

Throughout the month, Zach consistently went above and beyond his normal duties. He continues to go out of his way to assist the GM and Membership Team by filling in as the acting customer service manager. Zach always takes the initiative upon himself to do the things that make the Halsted club better. He is THE example of FFC’s core values: Improvement, Safety, Friendliness, Superior Service, and Integrity. Thank you and congrats, Zach!


Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Brittany Cunningham, FFC Halsted & Belmont’s October Member of the Month! We asked Brittany about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

FFC has connected me with several amazing individuals in the personal training and Pilates departments. I probably would have quit before I even really got started if it hadn’t been for Brandon Kiraly (sadly no longer with FFC, but will someday be the best physical therapist a person could ask for!) I wouldn’t be able to run without pain, move with purpose, stand tall with proper posture, or do cool tricks like Arabesque or Snake without Zara Espinoza. I wouldn’t have developed the courage to embrace my body’s strength (and venture downstairs to the weights!) without Jamie Labriola.

I am a very different person both physically and mentally than I was 3+ years ago, and it’s in no small part to my time spent at FFC.

When at FFC, you will find me…

Either performing fun tricks in the Pilates studio or picking heavy things up and putting them down on the weight room floor.

I work out to…

Music. I have a few Pandora stations I rotate through. Plenty of pop, rock, classic rock, movie soundtracks, and the occasional musical number.

Boot Camp to Beat Breast Cancer – Every Saturday in October


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Every Saturday in October, you are invited to attend an excellent fat burning and strength building boot camp from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM in Studio 1 in order to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The minimum donation is $25 per class, and an $80 donation will grant access to all classes! Please see to donate. Email for details.

FFC employee spotlight

Halsted & Belmont Employee of the Month: Charlie McAuliff

FFC employee spotlight

We are excited to announce our Employee of the Month – Charlie McAuliff! Charlie is our maintenance technician and consistently goes above and beyond his normal duties, going out of his way to organize and repair items that have not yet even made their way to his to-do list. Charlie is always asking what else he can do to make the club better and is a stunning example of FFC’s core values: Improvement, Safety, Friendliness, Superior Service, and Integrity. Congrats Charlie!


Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Employees!

Welcome New Staff

FFC Halsted & Belmont would like to extend a formal welcome to the new members of our FFC family. Both Joshua Pittman and Ogarita Luengas will be joining the housekeeping staff, Kyle Longfield will be greeting our members at the front desk, and Sophie Helsham will be signing up members as our newest member the sales team.

Isaac Weintraub, Rosita Juskevicene, Kennedy Bourassa, and Felicia Teller are all welcome additions to our fitness team. Please say hi to all of our new staffers when you see them around the club!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Bob Zoufal, FFC Halsted Street’s September Member of the Month! We asked him about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

My FFC membership provides me with a place to go, near my home, where I can work out and achieve my fitness goals. I find the staff to be friendly, professional and always there for me and my family.

When at FFC, you will find me. . .

Rowing, cycling, weight training, working out with my trainer, or at the front desk talking to the fantastic training staff!

I work out to. . .

Relieve stress from a very demanding profession, fight off unneeded pounds and feel good about myself!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month
Congratulations to Marcia Ippolite, FFC Halsted Street’s August Member of the Month! We asked her about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

Being healthy for myself and having energy to keep up with my kids.

When at FFC, you will find me…

Working out with my favorite trainer, Dana Wilson, or in a class!

I work out to…

Enjoy life!

Yoga By the Lake – Every Tuesday/Sunday This Summer


Zen out with the tranquil scenery of Lake Michigan every Tuesday (7-8 PM) and Sunday (10-11 AM) this summer during our Yoga By The Lake series at Belmont Harbor!

Classes will be held indoors if there is inclement weather. Please call (773) 477-3664 to confirm!

RSVP & get more info by emailing!

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff!

Welcome New Staff

We’d like to extend a huge, warm welcome to our newest Membership Director at FFC Halsted Street, Mikey Andrews! Mikey comes to us from FFC South Loop and can’t wait to join the team. Make sure you stop by and say hi the next time you’re at the club!

New Arrivals


Have you tested out our 8 brand new, state-of-the-art Precor Elliptical machines, which arrived July 19? Make sure you try them out!

With new technology that creates a more personalized experience, the Precor Elliptical is one of the smoothest workouts you’ll get!

Metabolic Roadshow Coming to FFC Halsted Street 7/25 – 7/31!


Do you know what your Resting Metabolic Rate/ VO2 Max Metabolic rate is? Stop by the cart at FFC Halsted Street from 7/25 – 7/31 & find out how the featured tests it will help you train & eat more efficiently, and even burn more fat! Get out of that plateau & get results!

  • Schedule a Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) or Vo2 Max Test ($149 each)
  • Schedule a free Nutrition Consult with FFC’s Registered Dietitians.
  • Schedule an Endurance Training Consult with FFC’s Head Endurance Coach
  • Get a MyZone strap & discover target fat burning heart rate zones
  • Win prizes with the RunMonster VO2 Max Challenge

Stop by the club or email FFC Halsted Street’s Registered Dietitian, Carla, at for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Member of the Month

Members of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Carole and Sheldon Bierman, FFC Halsted Street’s June Members of the Month! We asked them about their experience at FFC, and here’s what they had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

FFC membership means a consistent schedule of going to the gym and regularly working out. They quote, “FFC is a very friendly and comfortable place where the staff is always willing to help out.”

When at FFC you will find us…

“When we are at FFC you will find us working with longtime trainers, Andrew Holst and Zara Espinoza.”

Why we work out:

Carole works with her wonderful trainer, Jamie Labriola on improving balance, building strength, and postural alignment.

Sheldon claims “I go to FFC because my wife tells me to and to occasionally move my body.”

12-Week Transformation Challenge Program

12 Week Challenge

FFC Halsted Street has rolled out a new 12-week program – The Transformation Challenge – which incorporates individualized nutrition planning, expert personal training, and engaging boot camps to help you transform your body. Where can you be in 12 weeks?!

Contact the fitness desk or registered dietitian Carla Schmitz by emailing her at for more information on starting your transformation!

New! 12 Week Summer Transformation Program


12 Week Challenge

Diet and exercise are good, but nothing gets you dramatic results like this 12 week body transformation program will. Our program is highly customized and tailored specifically for your body type, workout history and goals for a complete overhaul that will result in 180 degree changes. Shed unwanted body fat and add muscle tone through our combination of expert fitness coaching, accountability and motivation practices. Pair that with our consistent workout planning and proper nutrition counseling and you won’t believe what you accomplish!

12-week Program Includes:

  • Individualized program orientation and goal setting with your transformation specialist and registered dietician
  • Customized weekly workout plan on an escalating scale to achieve your goals
  • Nutrition-based meal plans tailored specifically to your goals to help you achieve maximum results
  • Twelve 60-minute personal training sessions
  • Twelve 30-minute small group Transformation Bootcamps (1 per week)
  • Weekly weigh-in and progress check to ensure continued improvement
  • An on-call support network exclusive to program participants to help you stay focused, motivated and accountable along the way
  • Group camraderie with fellow program participants and cheer each other on to success
  • FFC water bottle

3-Phase Program:

  • Phase 1: Get the body in gear as we build up stability, endurance, core, and stamina to ramp up your metabolism
  • Phase 2: Watch the fat melt away through high intensity interval training while preserving muscle mass
  • Phase 3: Tone up as we add muscular definition for a lean, toned and sleek look

Cost & Contact Info:

The program $364.99 per month. Contact Master Trainer Ryan Shepherd for more information at

Posture Workshop Saturday, 5/21 from 12:30 – 1 PM

Posture Workshop

At a desk all day? Sore from your commute? Join us in Studio 2 on Saturday, May 21 for a posture workshop! Learn the basics to preventing stiffness and pain in this free 30-minute workshop. Find out if massage or changes to your workout can help (hint: IT CAN!) Email to sign up!

Plus, receive 20%* off any spa service with Chris at the end of the workshop!

*Offer may not be combined with any other discount or package. Date of appointment must be before 6/30/16.  

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to David Gore, FFC Halsted Street’s April Member of the Month! We asked David about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:

What does membership @ FFC mean to you?

It means a place that feels like home. A place that represents the best in myself.

When at FFC, you will find me…

Downstairs reaching to new weight goals, upstairs training for the summer bike races, or in abs class wishing the clock would move faster. Haha!

I work out to…

Increase my life. So many give up after 45. Not me! Marine Corps taught me to never give up. Not going to stop now. Being a role model and motivating others have been important traits all my life. If I can inspire others while doing something I love, then bring it on! Come join me at FCC!

South Loop's Member of the Month Phyllis Yeager

Member of the Month

Member of the Month


Congratulations to Chris Bowler, FFC Halsted Street’s March Member of the Month! We asked Chris about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

FFC for me is an opportunity to maintain my body and mind to stay in good health. From personal training to nutrition and cardio, I get the most out of my FFC membership.

When at FFC you will find me…

When at FFC, you will find me training and laughing with my awesome personal trainer, Alex Popielewski.  

I work out to…

I workout to de-stress in my busy life, and I feel great afterwards!  

Valentine’s Day Spa Specials!

Valentine's Day Massage

Twice as Nice at a Sweet Price

Give the gift of massage. Come with a special someone, buy two for him or her, or have two for yourself – you choose!

Two 60-Minute Massages for $145

*Both services must be completed in February. Offer and massages expire 2/29/16.  May not be combined with other discounts.


Don’t wait – book your appointment now before they fill up!

February Pilates Special: Unlimited Group Apparatus Classes!

Unlimited Group Apparatus

Start something new and enjoy unlimited Group Apparatus Pilates classes throughout the month of February!

  • *See schedule in your Pilates studio
  • *Reserve your space in class
  • *No Shows will result in forfeiting future reservations

$99 members, $149 non-members

Contact Kristin Strom at for more details and to sign up!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Amy Lawless, FFC Halsted Street’s February Member of the Month! We asked Amy about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

It’s become a part of my daily routine, I look forward to it everyday. From the minute I walk in the door, it’s always such a pleasant experience. The staff are all incredibly friendly, and that creates such a positive environment. It makes coming to the gym so much easier!

When at FFC you will find me…

Personal training with Igor (who is awesome), on the elliptical trainer, on my new favorite machine The Matrix Stairmaster, spinning and on the elliptical trainer!

I work out to…

Maintain a healthy lifestyle and to feel good mentally and physically. 

Foam Rolling Education Workshop – Thursday, 2/18; 6:30 – 8 PM

Foam Roll Workshop

Have you ever wondered about those foam rollers you see at the gym? What are they for? How do you use them? Where do I get one? Join our workshop in Studio 2 on Thursday, February 18 from 6:30 – 8 PM and all of these questions (and more) will be answered!

  • Learn the importance of pre- and post-workout muscle massage.
  • Experience a challenging core workout with the foam roller.
  • Take home stretching and massage exercises to release daily tension.

The workshop is $20 for members; $30 for non-members. Contact Zara Espinoza at for more information or to sign up!

January Spa Specials – Good Things Come in Threes!


When it comes to your well-being, consistency is key.  For example, if you exercise twice a year only when the moment strikes you, you may experience some minor benefits, but the effort and soreness probably wouldn’t leave you feeling all too positively about your experience. On the contrary, working out several times a week will certainly yield positive results both physiologically and psychologically.  Similarly, your complementary care practices, such as receiving massage therapy regularly, will help you to recover from exercise more quickly and reduce pain and inflammation.  Monthly facials can offset environmental and dietary stresses which often present themselves through the skin in the form of acne, redness, and dryness.

Whatever you choose for your workout routine this year, make sure to offset any negative side effects with complementary therapies that will keep your exercise habits consistent and achieve maximum results!

This month at the Spa at FFC:

30 Minute Workout Recovery- Adding a massage after your workout helps you condition better and recover faster.  Three 30-Minute Massages $164 (regularly $180) – all clubs. 


Peel Back the Years – Gentle but effective facial peels help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture.  Three Peels $265 (regularly $300) – Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park & West Loop only.


Protect Your Hands & Feet from Winter Dryness – Three Spa Manicures for $60 (regularly $75) or Three Spa Pedicures for $115 (regularly $135) – Lincoln Park & Union Station only.

Book now!

Holiday Spa Packages – Things Are Better in Pairs


Not sure what to get your loved one for the holiday or just need a little “me time” in December? Take advantage of one of our spa packages!  You can even gift one and keep one for yourself. Enjoy a relaxing or deep tissue therapeutic massage and a facial that will get your skin looking bright and fresh just in time for the holidays. Choose from the following three options:

  • A Winning Combination:  60-Min Massage & 30-Min Facial Package for just $125 (reg. $150)
  • The Perfect Pair:  60 Min Massage + 60 Min Facial for just $150 (reg. $180)
  • Two of a Kind:  Two 60-Min Massages or Two 60-Min Facials for just $150 (reg. $180)

*Special prices available until December 31, 2015.  No two discounts apply.  Packages expire one year from date of purchase.  

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month


Congratulations to Jon Douglas, FFC Halsted Street’s December Member of the Month! We asked Jon about his experience at FFC, and here’s what he had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

Membership at FFC represents a place for me to work out amongst people who care about fitness, in any form, and are there to support each other.

When at FFC you will find me…

Pretty much anywhere – from the stretching mats to the cardio machines to the weight buffet.

Why I work out…

I work out to leave the stresses of the day behind.

Squats & Suds – 12/3; 7 – 8 PM


Squats make you strong. Beer makes you happy. Sign up and join us on the fitness floor Thursday, 12/3 from 7 – 8 PM with Kevin Riordan to learn proper squat technique, variations, and receive programming advice.

Afterward, sample multiple craft beers and bask in the glory of the greatest exercise in the history of human existence. This event is free, but you must RSVP on the signup sheet near the fitness desk. Limited to the first 8 people.

Move2Win Winners

Congratulations To Our Move2Win Winners!

Move2Win Winners

Firstly, we’d like to congratulate all participants for a great challenge. You definitely showed us you could move this past month of October!

We’d also like to extend a huge congratulations to our winning Move2Win club, FFC Old Town! Way to log those miles! And a congratulations to runner up club FFC Union Station!

Finally, we’d also like to recognize the grand prize winner and top performers of each club. Congratulations to Jonathan Douglas, of FFC Halsted Street, who was pulled as the grand prize winner from the top performers. Great job everyone!

Club Top Performers

  • East Lakeview – Annette Strenge
  • Gold Coast – Noel Troost
  • Halsted Street – Jonathan Douglas
  • Lincoln Park – Eric Acton
  • Oak Park – Jason Schvach
  • Old Town – Brittney Neice
  • South Loop – Chris Kucik
  • Union Station – Brian Schmidt
  • West Loop – Adam Hii
Lightened Up Thanksgiving

A Message From The RDs: Lighten Up Your Thanksgiving

Lightened Up Thanksgiving

Fall is in full swing, and the reality of food-related temptations has definitely set in. Hopefully your Halloween candy is out of the house, and the fridge is full of fresh fall vegetables in preparation for the next holiday – Thanksgiving! What better time to practice giving thanks for the food in front of us, and being mindful of what we choose to consume?

I asked the team at FFC Oak Park to share their favorite Thanksgiving dishes, and then I provided tips for how to lighten the calories, fat, and sugar in each. Happy reading!

Green Bean Casserole

Most families add cream of mushroom soup and crunchy, fried onions on top, adding so much fat and calories that the nutrients from the green beans is mostly minimized.

  • Lighten It Up: Make green beans the star of the dish, instead of hiding them in other ingredients. Steam green beans quickly to maintain nutrients, and then top with simple ingredients, such as lemon, garlic, and sliced almonds for crunch.
  • Nutrients in Green Beans: Vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, Fiber

Mashed potatoes and Gravy

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, another dish overcome by fat and calories. I always say “it’s not potatoes that are the problem, it’s what we do to potatoes that makes them unhealthy.”

  • Lighten It Up: Swap out white potatoes and enjoy the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes by combining them with cinnamon, pecans, and a little bit of brown sugar. Adding an egg can help the structure of the casserole, and also provide healthy fat to help your body absorb the Vitamin A in the vegetable.
  • Nutrients in Sweet Potatoes: Fiber, Vitamin A


Another Thanksgiving staple, yet full of carbohydrates and fat. Most of the fat comes from the turkey, which transfers to the stuffing as you you cook it inside the bird.

  • Lighten It Up: Slash calories by cooking the stuffing outside of the turkey in a baking dish. Additionally, try using a higher fiber bread (such as whole grain or sprouted grain) if you’re open to a new texture.
  • Nutrients in Stuffing: Fiber and other specific nutrients depending on which vegetables you include (think: onions, peppers, celery, and herbs!)

Pumpkin Pie

You may be too full to get off the couch, but it’s still hard to resist dessert.

  • Lighten It Up: Use the same flavors profiles found in lighter dishes and serve them in bite-size portions (great for tasting, but not overindulging.) Examples are adding pumpkin puree to an energy bite recipe, or oatmeal cookies.
  • Nutrients in Pumpkin: Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene, other antioxidants

​No matter what you decide to consume on this holiday, make sure to remember and follow these hunger cues: eat what you want, when you’re hungry, and in quantities that your body needs.​


Chicago Sport and Social Club


We’re taking it indoors this season! For a limited time only, Chicago Sport and Social Club is offering $100 off Indoor Soccer team registrations at The PrivateBank Fire Pitch. Sign your team up by November 15 using the code “friendly”. Go for the goal and save some green!  

Visit for more information and to sign up. #ItsWhatChiDoes

Get Ready For The Holiday Season With Ortanic!


Save the orange for the leaves and pumpkins!  Custom Airbrush Tanning will highlight all your best assets to compliment your cooler-weather wardrobe (and get you ready for all those holiday parties.)

November Ortanic Exclusive: get up to 5 Tans in for just $100!!  (Regularly a $235 value!) Book your appointment now by visiting our website or call 877-678-2642.

*You pay $100 up front and may tan up to 5 times within 30 days of purchase.  Offer ends 11/30/15.  No two discounts apply.

Chicago Physical Therapy

Complimentary Injury Screenings for November By NovaCare

Chicago Physical Therapy

Prepare for the upcoming cold-weather months with one of our complimentary injury screenings! Visit any of the locations below at the specified time during the month of November.

  • Oak Park FFC – Nov 12 5-7 PM
  • Halsted FFC – Nov 17 1-3 PM
  • East Lakeview FFC – Nov 10 5:45-7:15 PM
  • Union Station FFC – Nov 18 12:30-2:30 PM
  • West Loop FFC – Nov 18 4:30-6 PM
  • South Loop FFC – walk in (Monday/Wednesday 7 AM – 7 PM, Tuesday/Thursday 11:30 AM – 8 PM and Friday: 7 AM – 3 PM
  • Lincoln Park FFC – walk in (Mon/Tues/Thurs 11:30-8 PM and Wed/Fri 7-3:30 PM)

Closed on Thanksgiving